The Virginia Tech Hokies (1-0) will be at home in Cassell Coliseum when they take on the Citadel Bulldogs (1-0). The Over/Under (O/U) for the game opened at 185 points with Virginia Tech set as a 25.5-point favorite. Action starts at 7 p.m. ET on Sunday, November 12, 2017, and it can be seen on ESPN 3.
Citadel Bulldogs at Virginia Tech Hokies ATS Preview
In the Bulldogs’ last matchup, they had no trouble getting past the Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels, 109-73. Preston Parks was the top scorer from either team with 21 points on 7-for-10 shooting. Citadel dominated nearly every facet of the game. They had a turnover percentage of 15.1 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.592. Oglethorpe recorded marks of 24.3 and 0.458, respectively, for those same stats.
The Hokies will look to maintain momentum after comfortably covering the 18.5-point spread against the Detroit Titans in their last outing, 111-79. Virginia Tech was lifted by Nickeil Alexander-Walker, who was the game’s high scorer with 24 points on 9-for-14 shooting. Virginia Tech played a flawless game. They had an offensive rebounding percentage of 44.4 and an effective field goal percentage of 0.615. For those same stats, Detroit had marks of 27.3 and 0.436, respectively. The two teams combined to put up 190 points, which finished well over the O/U total of 159.5.
Virginia Tech could dominate on the offensive side of the ball as their prolific offense goes up against one of the worst defenses in the NCAA. Since last season, the Hokies rank 24th in offensive efficiency, while Citadel ranks 338th in defensive efficiency.
Since last season, the Bulldogs are 13-21 straight up (SU) and 14-10 against the spread (ATS). Vegas has had a tendency to place the total high when Citadel is involved since last season as 62.5 percent of their games have finished under the O/U total.
The Hokies, on the other hand, have records of 23-10 SU and 18-12 ATS since last season. Games featuring Virginia Tech have gone over the projected point total 56.7 percent of the time over that same period.
The Hokies won the lone contest against the Bulldogs last season, 113-71. The Hokies played a perfect game. They had a solid free throw rate of 0.261 and a ridiculous offensive rebounding percentage of 36.7. The Bulldogs were 0.066 and 18.0, respectively, for those same stats.
Citadel Bulldogs at Virginia Tech Hokies Free Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Virginia Tech, ATS Winner – Citadel, O/U – Under
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Bulldogs rank 70th in rebounds per game (37.8) while the Hokies rank 274th (32.8).
- Virginia Tech averages 2.8 blocks per game, which ranks 200th in the nation. Citadel ranks 217th in blocks allowed per game (4.1).
- Citadel ranks fifth in steals per game (9.5) while Virginia Tech ranks 277th (4.1).
- The Hokies rank 64th in assists per game (15.2) while the Bulldogs rank 307th in assists allowed per game (18.9).
- Citadel averages 35.7 three pointers per game, which ranks second in the nation. Virginia Tech ranks 220th in three pointers allowed per game (22.3).